Police chief steers clear of Suthep

The national police chief says he could have faced criminal charges if he had attended Saturday's meeting between military top brass and anti-government protest leaders.

Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew said he skipped the meeting with People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) members because PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who was there, faces an arrest warrant for insurrection.

"If I took part in this meeting and didn't make the arrest, I would be violating Section 157 of the Criminal Code for negligence of duty," Pol Gen Adul said. "I don't want to make the situation worse than it is (by making the arrest)."

The police chief offered the explanation on Saturday while visiting the Police General Hospital, where he met with officers who had been injured in clashes with anti-government protesters on Ratchadamnoen Road last month.

He said the Royal Thai Police had agreed to send Pol Gen Achirawit Suphanphesat, a former deputy chief, to participate in meetings relating to national reform.

The police will be represented at a meeting on Sunday sponsored by the government, after learning that Mr Suthep and top PDRC figures had refused to take part.

Pol Gen Adul added that officers were continuing to keep a close eye on the anti-government protests, and were concerned about potential violence being caused by a third party.

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Discussion 1 : 15/12/2013 at 09:04 AM
Police chief used good common sence. Well done. The question is why is suthep still free?
Discussion 2 : 15/12/2013 at 02:27 AM
You at least need authorization from whatever country you're in though so it is true that you can't just step into another country and arrest someone. Sovereignty and jurisdiction can't just be ignored.
Discussion 3 : 15/12/2013 at 02:23 AM
Glad they are not getting involved although that arrest warrant has to be executed some time or are they waiting for the statute of limitations to run out? Please execute it sooner rather than later I am sure it would be welcomed by the majority.
Discussion 4 : 15/12/2013 at 02:05 AM
@Boontong: Wrong, the world didnt accept that Thaksin is a politically persecuted person, I would like to know where you sourced that info from? They dont take action against Thaksin simply because the Thai authorities havent put in the request for them to take action, not because they side with the criminal. It is called diplomacy 101.
Discussion 5 : 15/12/2013 at 01:50 AM
Good luck with that.
Discussion 6 : 15/12/2013 at 01:47 AM
BuT Bewildered, if you reform by having only one side drive that reform is it actually reform or is it actually repression?
Discussion 7 : 15/12/2013 at 01:14 AM
can you specify what reform are you talking about?
Discussion 8 : 14/12/2013 at 11:53 PM
Agree completely. And there will certainly be an election after reform. Only scaremongers who don't want reform say otherwise.
Discussion 9 : 14/12/2013 at 10:51 PM
Surinn even if there was reform there would not be an election
Discussion 10 : 14/12/2013 at 10:43 PM
Did you know the BKK Police chief cannot even issue a warrent outside of BKK. It is out of his juristiction. That's right, you are to uneducated to read, because I know that this already has been posted dozens of times in the BP. So don't tell me redshirts are the uneducated ones, you don't even know what democracy means, yet it's been posted so many times. One person=One vote. Majority wins a mandate to run the country for 4 years. THE END.
Discussion 11 : 14/12/2013 at 10:18 PM
Many here are misled to believe that you can step into another country and arrest another person without an international arrest warrant.
Discussion 12 : 14/12/2013 at 09:30 PM
Adul has a good head on his shoulders. Unlike Kamronwit who knowingly met with Taksin - a fugitive - and even asked the man from Dubai to decorate his stars... Kamronwit's favorite phrase "I have today because my brother (Taksin) gave it to me..."
Discussion 13 : 14/12/2013 at 09:19 PM
Could it be he dose not recognise his mistake or is it just simple double standards.
Discussion 14 : 14/12/2013 at 09:07 PM
Slightly two faced don't you think
Discussion 15 : 14/12/2013 at 08:59 PM
After being so keen to issue an arrest warrant the police don't seem very interested to follow up on it .
Discussion 16 : 14/12/2013 at 08:37 PM
No Reform, no Election!
Discussion 17 : 14/12/2013 at 08:11 PM
Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, is seen as close to the Democrats so maybe there are other situations playing a role. Do not confuse him with the BKK police chief whom he actually should arrest and charge under Section 157.- Whoever, being an official, wrongfully exercises or does not exercise any of his functions to the injury of any person, or dishonestly exercises or omits to exercise any of his functions, shall be punished with imprisonment of one to ten years or fine of two thousand to twenty thousand bath, or both.
Discussion 18 : 14/12/2013 at 08:01 PM
"The national police chief says he could have faced criminal charges if he had attended Saturday's meeting between military top brass and anti-government protest leaders." In Thailand or Dubai?
Discussion 19 : 14/12/2013 at 07:57 PM
Apparently, morality to Thai officials is only practiced when it is convenient.
Discussion 20 : 14/12/2013 at 07:43 PM
and who has a picture kowtowing to TS on the wall in his office reportedly - Adul - hoisted on his own petard as they say :)
Discussion 21 : 14/12/2013 at 07:38 PM
Many misled person think they can just go in another and arrest Thaksin without an International arrest warrant. AV's administration could not get it and lied to everyone that it has the arrest warrant.
Discussion 22 : 14/12/2013 at 07:09 PM
Even if you come to face to face with Thaksin in foreign land, you are not allow to harm him or arrest him without the cooperation of the authority there. Instead, you might get yourself arrested. There is no international arrest warrant either. The world accepted the fact that Thaksin is a politically persecuted person and do not want to get entangled with Thai politics.
Discussion 23 : 14/12/2013 at 07:04 PM
That was the Bangkok police chief. This one is a National Police Chief.
Discussion 24 : 14/12/2013 at 07:02 PM
This is a smart 'unmove' by the police chief.
Discussion 25 : 14/12/2013 at 06:53 PM
And this statement comes from a guy which traveled to Hong Kong to bow to Thaksin, a fugitive and criminal. What an idiot! Yes we need reform urgently, particularily overhauling the entire police force top down.
Discussion 26 : 14/12/2013 at 06:33 PM
Funny then, that when Karomwit went to HK to have Thaksin to pin his new medals on his uniform, he was not punished!!!
Discussion 27 : 14/12/2013 at 06:14 PM
I know this isn't America but I often draw on my past experiences to try and make as much sense out of life as I can and if a chief of police back home knows where a wanted criminal can be located, he wouldn't be doing his duty if he didn't take this opportunity to make an arrest. What's really strange here is Pol Gen Adul sees nothing unseemly about the way he handled this situation - it's like this is standard operating procedure in Thailand - amazing!
Discussion 28 : 14/12/2013 at 06:10 PM
It's not the same guy I think. But does it matter? Don't get confused, just assume they are all corrupt and excuse yourself if one is not.
Discussion 29 : 14/12/2013 at 06:10 PM
The one who posted his picture with Taksin with you made me what I'm today is Bangkok Metropolitan police chief
Discussion 30 : 14/12/2013 at 06:08 PM
"If I took part in this meeting and didn't make the arrest, I would be violating Section 157 of the Criminal Code for negligence of duty," Pol Gen Adul said." So how does he explain his meeting with his boss? Who has skipped bail and has been convicted, or this that different because his name is Thaksin Shinawatra?
Discussion 31 : 14/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
Police do not have powers of arrest outside their own country, at best they can be consultants or advisers to the local police.
Discussion 32 : 14/12/2013 at 06:07 PM
He was never charged because the fugitive criminal on the run is the PM in control from his Dubai office,while Yingluck was posted to inactive PM post.No cabinet Minister that don't travel to see him so all supposed to be charged together but the reverse was the case
Discussion 33 : 14/12/2013 at 06:04 PM
This double standard is staggering considering he actually went to visit Thaksin to thank him for giving him this job. I really hope Suthep is successful in forcing reform of the police because the current force is beyond a joke.
Discussion 34 : 14/12/2013 at 05:57 PM
Is this the same guy with the photo in his office of himself and Taksin after a meeting outside the country? Sorry sometimes I get confused keeping track of corrupt government officials as there are so many of them. Someone help me on this please.
Discussion 35 : 14/12/2013 at 05:55 PM
Why not let him speak, *then* arrest him later? That way he gets to say his ideas, and still the laws are followed! Both his followers can still hear his idea.
Discussion 36 : 14/12/2013 at 05:50 PM
interesting take. So, how about the Bangkok police chief being charged then for meeting a fugitive criminal without making an arrest. Keystones!

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